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The Best of 2009- New Food

Q: New food. You're now in love with Lebanese food and you didn't even know what it was in January of this year.

A: I'm pretty flexible about food. I'll try just about anything...once. This year though I discovered that I really enjoy roasted beets. It all started with a hand off of beets from a person's CSA box. They knew that they didn't like them, I wasn't so sure so I found a recipe for roasted beets and gave it a whirl. Next thing I know I'm buying beets at the local farmer's market. Did you know that beet juice can lower blood pressure and since Roman times, beetroot juice has been considered an aphrodisiac. The juice is a rich source of boron, which plays an important role in the production of human sex hormones. Hmmm...makes you want to pick up some beets eh?

Since I don't have a picture of beets I thought I'd spread a little Etsy love and feature someone else's work that I dig. I love the expression on this tree's face. The print is called The Growth.


Julie Jordan Scott said...

It has never even occurred to me to make roasted beets. I think I may need to try it. Fantastic idea.

And off topic, I just noticed your son is on the Spectrum. My eight-year-old, too. He is doing so much better these days and wow, has it been a journey.

Nikki said...

I highly recommend roasting the beets w/ a balsamic vinaigrette, then eating them with goat cheese. Omg!! I am obsessed with this combo lately. Sometimes I throw in some toasted walnuts too.

Gretchen said...

OMG Nik I"m totally trying that! Goat cheese is also a new fave of mine!!

annasoc said...

The cafeteria where I work, which features a lot of really good international vegetarian food, has a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, pine nuts, and some red onion and radicchio, and balsamic vinaigrette. That combo is quite tasty, with the sweet beets and the bitter greens.


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